Big John Bates on tour in Europe

The Bates Family Tour 2015 is underway until Jun e16!! The new album is already getting airplay across the coolest stations in Europe and early reviews have named us the sound of  “Post-Apocalyptic Outlaw Rock”. Check out the shows when we get close to you – we’re playing eight songs from the new album and we have copies of 180g virginal white vinyl for you with us with a great album cover from Santiago Caruso.

Join us in changing the soundtrack away from corporate programming – we are your band and you won’t be disappointed!


Album Release Party at the Hindenburg Friday May 1



BJB is once again on the leading edge with a brand-new band that is bringing Orchestral Punk worldwide! To kick off their 2015 European tour they are doing a hometown show with their friends and contemporaries the Vaudeville Vagabonds and Still Spirits. DJing the night is the Swinging’ Creeper – VANCOUVER just doesn’t get better or more original than this. Plus we have some limited copies of the German pressing – see you on the dark side!

Bestiary Tour 2015

Presented by Dynamite Magazine + Ox-Fanzine we already have 22 dates across Western Europe. More are coming in every day so stay tuned or – better yet – contact a promoter in your City to bring us there! As of today we have shows in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands! we’ve heard they’re calling it orchestral punk – whatever here ya go
… from the Bestiary to the Leathering Room:

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New album and tours in Spring 2015


Yes, you heard that right! Big John Bates is just putting the finishing touches on the new album “from the Bestiary to the Leathering Room” (Rookie/Frontman) and heading out on the road. Featuring cover art from Santiago Caruso (one of the artists behind the images in Pan’s Labyrinth) the 10 songs will be available on 180-gram vinyl and gatefold CD with a sweet bonus download.

In case you didn’t get the memo the 4-pc band now features a dark and dynamic cellist and the group are doing a few choice Canadian dates in April (Nelson, Canmore, Calgary) and the record release will be at the Hindenburg in Vancouver on May 1st – May Day to all you non-pagans.

May and June will see the band touring Europe and hitting all of their favourite stomping grounds so bring your big boots and get ready to make some noise! More info to come!


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